George R.R Martin is pretty much a household name now, thanks to the massive success of Game of Thrones, which is based on his A Song of Ice and Fire novel series.
With Game of Thrones so at the forefront of what he’s doing, you would be forgiven for forgetting that he has a long history of TV series running alongside his novels and short stories. For example, he was heavily involved with Beauty And The Beast and the 80’s version of The Twilight Zone, and he even has something else in the works with HBO by the name of Captain Cosmos.
Apparently George doesn’t have enough on his plate with Captain Cosmos, Game of Thrones and writing the next novel in the ASoIF series, as he is also working on a new series with Cinemax called Skin Trade.
Skin Trade is a novel George published back in 1988, and is an award winning “werewolf noir” story. The main character is Willie Flambeaux, a collections agent who also happens to be a werewolf. It seems to be set up as a detective tale, with Willie investigating a series of murders.
George spoke about the Skin Trade TV series, saying: “I have always thought there was a TV series (or maybe a feature film) in Willie Flambeaux and Randi Wade. Those of you who know the story of Doorways, my ill-fated ABC pilot from the early 90s, may even recall that it was Skin Trade that I was actually trying to sell back in 1991, when I flew out to LA for a round of pitch meetings. So we’re a few decades late…”
While it’s great that George is going to be turning more of his work into a TV show format, I’m sure most of us are just getting more than a little frustrated that he seems to be doing everything but working on The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.